Suppliers & Books

Canvas, Wools, Shade Cards, Needles etc:   Appleton Wools (as used by William Morris) plus everything else, including helpful advice.
Lenham Needlecraft:


Spinning Jenny:


Chip Foam:   Reconstituted chip foam can often be supplied by a local upholsterer but emphasise the need for it to be 10lb quality.  This should last for 40-50 years.  Some suppliers try to tell you that 6lb chip foam is suitable.  It is not.  It will collapse in less than 20 years and most people find it too squashy.
Pentonville Rubber Company

Sundries:   You can almost certainly find local suppliers for hard-wearing cloth for the base of your kneelers, strong thread for making them up and nylon tape for hanging them, but if in difficulty try the following:

  • Heavy calico or similar from The Cloth Shop:
  • Tape and strong thread from Macculloch and Wallis:
  • D rings from your local hardware shop or Amazon.
  • Curtain rings from your local haberdasher or Amazon.

Software:   Software can be useful for giving stitchers a coloured design to work from – though most find graph paper, pencil and rubber much less fiddly.  But why not be modern?  Give it a go. PCStitch has been used successfully by some congregations recorded on this website.

Books:  Most of the best books – see below – are, alas, out of print.  Good luck with your  searches.Try

  • A Picture Book for Kneeler Makers  
    By Joan Edwards, Batsford Books, 1984. Still the best book on kneeler-making.
  • Historical Designs for Embroidery: Linen and Cross Stitch  
    By Louisa Pesel, printed in 1956, for a vast variety of border and other designs.
  • The Embroidery Stitch Bible  
    A comprehensive guide to all stitches used in canvaswork as well as in all other types of embroidery.
  • The New World of Needlepoint 
     By Lisbeth Perrone, printed in 1972. For 101 rapidly-worked decorative stitches for the sides of the kneeler.
  • Rugs and Carpets of the World 
    By Ian Bennett. An inexhaustible source of design ideas. 
  • Books of Alphabets, Motifs and Borders  
    By Brenda Keyes. Out of print and hard to find, but excellent.
  • Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum 
    Many find ideas for figures, lettering, plants, etc, in samplers.  This booklet is both excellent and – hooray – in print.